A Man With A Plan: Reviewing Michael Hyatt’s “Creating Your Personal Life Plan”

I recently tweeted that I had downloaded Michael Hyatt’s first e-book, Creating Your Person Life Plan. A good friend of mine responded by asking my opinion of the book, asking if I thought Mr. Hyatt’s approach was Biblical. I’ve had other friends who suggested that goal-setting and life-planning of any kind were directly opposed to God’s Word.

I can understand the concern. After reading through Mr. Hyatt’s book, I must confess that I am not comfortable with all of the verbiage that he uses. For example, the subtitle of the book is “A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing the Life You’ve Always Wanted.” If I am responsible for designing my life, I’m afraid it will fall incredibly short of what it could be if I allow God to design it.

Also, Mr. Hyatt prioritizes his “life accounts,” stressing the importance of taking care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. His list looks like this:

1. God
2. Self
3. Gail (Spouse)
4. Children
5. Friends
6. Career
7. Finances
8. Ministry

Others would argue that “self” should come after others as we are called to be servants to all. The problem is in trying to list these accounts in order of importance. Rather than a list, I suggest we put our relationship with God at the center of our life. When our relationship with Him is correct, the other accounts are a natural outflow of this relationship.

That being said, Let me tell you why I love Mr. Hyatt’s book and how I have been using these ideas and resources for the past year.

If you know me well at all, you know that I am task oriented. I am a planner. I set goals and strive to meet those goals. I have been using the Life Plan format and the Weekly Review and Quarterly Review for the past year and I can honestly say that it has increased my focus and productivity by leaps and bounds.

The key is in how you use tools like these. Planning and goal setting can be dangerous or it can be beneficial depending upon your starting point. When I set goals, they are based on the vision and purpose that God has already revealed to me concerning His will for my life. I don’t use a Life Plan to design my life. Rather, I use it to move me forward in God’s revealed plan for my life.

And that has made all the difference.

Download a copy of Michael Hyatt’s e-book here.

4 thoughts on “A Man With A Plan: Reviewing Michael Hyatt’s “Creating Your Personal Life Plan”

  1. I can understand being conflicted about whether or not goal-setting and life-planning of any kind are directly opposed to God’s Word. I have wrestled with this for awhile. Lately, I have been meditating on Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” When I think about it, there is no plan that I can ever develop that will trump God’s direction, so why would I ever have angst about planning anything? Also, Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Seems like God wants us writing “something” down.

  2. At the end of the day there are many verses that you could use for and against. Often times however Christians are lazy and want God to do it all for them or use “His will” to shift blame and avoid responsibility for their short-comings. We are called not only to be co-heirs with Christ, but also co-workers with Him.

    Thank you for the review, I love the ideas and wanted to see what others thought. I am very much like you, I love lists and goal setting, but do my best to keep within what I believe (though being fallible, I may have missed the mark) God’s plan is for me.

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